The Personal Parish for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.

St Aloysius' Church, 233 Balaclava Road, Caulfield North, 3161

News and Announcements

7th February, 2016


Lenten regulations: the penitential season of Lent commences on Ash Wednesday, 10th February. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of Fasting, and Abstinence from meat. One full meal and two collations (light snacks) are permitted on Fast Days. The other days of Lent are also days of Penance, except for Sundays, and the Solemnities of St Patrick and St Joseph (this year, as Good Friday falls on 25th March, the Annunciation is transferred to after the Octave of Easter). On Days of penance the law is fulfilled by performing any of the following: prayer, self denial (e.g. fasting or abstinence), or the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.  All who have completed their eighteenth year and have not begun their sixtieth year are bound to fast on the prescribed days. All who have completed their fourteenth year are bound to abstain.  Each of the Faithful is obliged worthily to receive Holy Communion at least once a year. This precept is fulfilled between Ash Wednesday and Trinity Sunday, unless for good reason it is fulfilled at another time during the year.

Ash Wednesday at St Aloysius: ashes will be blessed and imposed at 7 am, immediately followed by Low Mass; Ashes will again be imposed both before and after the 10 am Low Mass; finally, Ashes will be blessed at imposed once more at 7 pm, followed by the Solemn Mass of Ash Wednesday. Confessions will be available before and during all Masses on Ash Wednesday. Please note that there will be no Extraordinary Form Mass at the Cathedral on Ash Wednesday.

Stations of the Cross will be prayed at 5.30 pm on the Fridays of Lent (followed by Mass).

Vespers will be sung at St Aloysius’ at 4 pm on each of the Sundays of Lent. Vespers will be followed by Benediction. Next Sunday, 14th February, there will be an introductory session and practice, commencing at 3.15 pm at Maryvale. All are welcome.

Saturday Catechesis and Sacred Music for children: we will re-commenced last Saturday, 6th February, and the Lent term will continue until Saturday, 19th March. The programme is available for all children of school age, and runs on Saturdays from 10 am to Noon. The catechism class is held first followed, after a short break, by the music class. Those who were enrolled last year remain registered. New enrolments are welcome. Please contact the Secretary to register your children, or with any inquiries.

Adult Catechesis – Saturdays at 11 am: Catechism for adults will re-commence this year on Saturday, 13th February, at 11 am, at Maryvale. Classes will be weekly, and the term will be the same as for the children’s catechesis. Classes are open to all parishioners and visitors from the age of 16 and above. The basic text is the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Bible Study – 2nd and 4th Tuesdays: the Bible Study group meets in Maryvale on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Currently 1st Corinthians is being studied. It is not meant to be a highly technical course, but one designed especially to benefit your spiritual life as well as deepen your knowledge of Church teaching and appreciation of the Church Fathers. Anyone is welcome. Please contact Fr Marshall with any inquiries.

Call for Confirmation candidates: parents who wish to have their children prepared to receive the sacrament of Confirmation this year, or adults who have not yet been confirmed, are asked to contact the Secretary with details.

Latin Classes – after Sunday Solemn Mass: Latin classes will now be held on Sundays from Noon, commencing on Sunday 14th February. The textbook ‘Simplicissimus’ will be provided. An initial anticipated fee of $40 (to be confirmed) will include a copy of the textbook. As a general rule, classes will be held weekly, during school terms. Please register your attendance by contacting the Secretary:

From the Parish Priest’s desk.

Dear Friends in Christ,

On the feast of Candlemas just past (2nd February), the Church completed the Christmas liturgical cycle. Our patron, Bl. John Henry Newman, saw in this feast especially, an illustration of the secrecy of Divine Visitations, and the mysteries of Providence. Newman encourages us with words that strike one as even more apposite than when they were first delivered: “from the occurrences of this day let us take comfort, when we despond upon the state of the Church. Perhaps we see not God’s tokens; we see neither prophet nor teacher remaining to His people; darkness falls over the earth, and no protesting voice is heard. Yet, granting things to be at the very worst, still, when Christ was presented in the Temple, the age knew as little of it as it knows of His Providence now. Rather, the worse our condition is, the nearer to us is the Advent of our Deliverer. Even though He is silent, doubt not that His army is on the march towards us. Shall He not hear His own elect, when they cry day and night to Him? His Services of prayer and praise continue, and are scorned by the multitude. Day by day, Festival by Festival, Fast after Fast, Season by Season, they continue according to His ordinance, and they are scorned. But the greater His delay, the heavier will be His vengeance, and the more complete the deliverance of His people.”

During the Holy Lent that lies before us, let us join our prayers to blessed John Henry’s prayer for the Church, first uttered on Candlemas in that same sermon: “May the good Lord save His Church in this her hour of peril; when Satan seeks to sap and corrupt what he dare not openly assault! May He raise up instruments of His grace, ‘not ignorant of the devices’ of the Evil One, with seeing eyes, and strong hearts, and vigorous arms to defend the treasure of the faith once committed to the Saints, and to arouse and alarm their slumbering brethren.”

Devotedly in Christ,

Fr Glen Tattersall

Parish Priest

Ecumenism, Love, Hatred, and the St. John the Evangelist

In his encyclical Mortalium Animos, Pope Pius XI makes notable appeal to the teaching of the Apostle and Evangelist John to distinguish between true and false charity toward non-Catholic Christians:

These pan-Christians who turn their minds to uniting the churches seem, indeed, to pursue the noblest of ideas in promoting charity among all Christians: nevertheless how does it happen that this charity tends to injure faith? Everyone knows that John himself, the Apostle of love, who seems to reveal in his Gospel the secrets of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and who never ceased to impress on the memories of his followers the new commandment "Love one another," altogether forbade any intercourse with those who professed a mutilated and corrupt version of Christ's teaching: "If any man come to you and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into the house nor say to him: God speed you." For which reason, since charity is based on a complete and sincere faith, the disciples of Christ must be united principally by the bond of one faith. Who then can conceive a Christian Federation, the members of which retain each his own opinions and private judgment, even in matters which concern the object of faith, even though they be repugnant to the opinions of the rest? And in what manner, We ask, can men who follow contrary opinions, belong to one and the same Federation of the faithful? For example, those who affirm, and those who deny that sacred Tradition is a true fount of divine Revelation; those who hold that an ecclesiastical hierarchy, made up of bishops, priests and ministers, has been divinely constituted, and those who assert that it has been brought in little by little in accordance with the conditions of the time; those who adore Christ really present in the Most Holy Eucharist through that marvelous conversion of the bread and wine, which is called transubstantiation, and those who affirm that Christ is present only by faith or by the signification and virtue of the Sacrament; those who in the Eucharist recognize the nature both of a sacrament and of a sacrifice, and those who say that it is nothing more than the memorial or commemoration of the Lord's Supper; those who believe it to be good and useful to invoke by prayer the Saints reigning with Christ, especially Mary the Mother of God, and to venerate their images, and those who urge that such a veneration is not to be made use of, for it is contrary to the honor due to Jesus Christ, "the one mediator of God and men." How so great a variety of opinions can make the way clear to effect the unity of the Church We know not; that unity can only arise from one teaching authority, one law of belief and one faith of Christians. But We do know that from this it is an easy step to the neglect of religion or indifferentism and to modernism, as they call it. (¶ 9)

No one understands charity better than St. John, but he understood that the theological virtue of charity must be founded on the theological virtue of faith, and therefore anything that undermines the faith of necessity undermines charity. And therefore he commands us to avoid contact with those who would undermine the faith.

In general one can see that love necessarily cause the one loving to hate anything which threatens to destroy what is loved. Thus, since we naturally love health, therefore we naturally hate disease; since we naturally love life, we naturally hate anything that destroys our lives, and so on. And charity is no exception the supernatural love of God above all things necessarily implies hatred of sin, which is directly opposed to that charity, and error which is opposed to the faith on which it is founded.

But ecumenists have difficulty seeing this. Even if they would perhaps hesitate to use such strong words, the would probably agree with the non-Catholic New Testament scholar Gerd Lüdemann’s judgement on St. John, in his critique of Pope Benedict XVI’s Deus Caritas Est:

[The] Johannine communities fell far short of exhibiting the love that [Pope Benedict XVI] recommends to the contemporary church. For not only does the First Letter of John—from which the encyclical takes its theme and exhortation—restrict brotherhood to those of orthodox belief, but the Second Letter of John, which quite predictably is not mentioned in the encyclical, takes the same approach and pushes it even further. In verses 9 through 11 of this very brief letter, its author, who identifies himself only as ‘the Elder,’ commands the community to receive into their homes only those brothers who confess Christ’s coming in the flesh. Any present or former brothers who have a different opinion concerning Christ’s incarnation should be spurned. Indeed, “John” forbids the members of his communities even to greet them. He deems this precautionary measure necessary, lest the community of right belief become infected by the evil doctrines and consequent guilt of its dissident brothers. How strange it is to encounter such harsh and hate-filled expostulations in a letter overflowing with assurances of mutual love and attesting to a community’s unanimous recognition of sacred truth!

Lüdemann’s reasoning is precisely the sort of thing that one is likely to hear from contemporary ecumenists. And the reason is clear: they are not motivated by the supernatural virtue of charity, founded on the one true faith, but rather by a vague benevolence, founded on modernism and indifferentism. And like every kind of love, this vague benevolence causes a hatred of everything that threatens the object of love; they do not (like St. John) hate heresy, rather they hate “fanaticism” and “fundamentalism.” In other words they hate the perennial claim of the Catholic Church to teach the truth.


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